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Getting caught out

PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 6:05 am
by chriss
Ok I'm not a 'new' Vegan, as I have been at it for 3 years ish and have probably not been the best Vegan I can. After reading an article about some sugar not being Vegan I realize I keep getting 'caught out.' I admit it is my own fault for not doing my research, but want to sort it out once and for all.

I eat a healthy diet and typically only eat fresh or Vegan stamped processed foods, but obviously not all foods are labelled as well as they could be. So can I get some answers to a few simple questions, please copy and paste links and feel free to call me stupid or dumb as I feel both and am using the anonymity of the net to sort my stupidness out.

Common E numbers to avoid.

Common Colouring agents to avoid.

Anything else I should be looking out for?

Anything else that is easily miss or hidden in food labels.

Thanks in advance Chris. :oops:

Re: Getting caught out

PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 9:35 am
by Gelert
[quote="chriss"] After reading an article about some sugar not being Vegan I realize I keep getting 'caught out.'



Seeing as you're in the UK and most of our sugar is derived from beet and not cane you're likely to be OK. Bone char is used as a whitening agent for cane sugar.

For example, pretty much everything Tate and Lyle flog is fine, apart from some icing sugar, which has eggs in it.

http://www.tasteandsmile.co.uk/products.html


[quote]Anything else I should be looking out for?


Sport climbing isn't vegan.

Re: Getting caught out

PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 12:20 pm
by chriss
Sport climbing isn't vegan.[/quote]


Lucky I only really boulder!!

Re: Getting caught out

PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 3:33 pm
by Gelert
[quote="chriss"]Sport climbing isn't vegan.



Lucky I only really boulder!![/quote]

Y'know crash mats are animal tested don't you? The UIAA drop beagles genetically modified to have osteoporosis from different heights onto a random sample from each batch made.

Re: Getting caught out

PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 9:21 am
by chriss
Now, now no need to be nasty, I take it your a trad fan- or as I like to put it brave, but weak :wink:

On a serious note what E numbers etc are to be avoided??

Re: Getting caught out

PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 9:24 am
by fredrikw
did you try google it? first hit on "animal e-numbers"
http://www.food-info.net/uk/qa/qa-fi45.htm

Re: Getting caught out

PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 9:37 am
by chriss
Cheers Fredrikw. Good info, but fairly confusing (or I'm thick). I'll keep plodding on and google the subject.

Re: Getting caught out

PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 10:40 am
by baldy
[quote="chriss"]Cheers Fredrikw. Good info, but fairly confusing (or I'm thick). I'll keep plodding on and google the subject.

E numbers are a complete nightmare that and vitamin D! (and lays crisps).

Re: Getting caught out

PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 2:37 pm
by vCLaW
The Vegan Society have a list of which E numbers are possibly animal derived: http://www.vegansociety.com/lifestyle/f ... ients.aspx

Or the geeky option is to have an application on your phone so you can look them up: http://www.foodadditivesinfo.com/